Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kwentong Kaladkarin #24: Bewitching Bohol – Paragayo Resort

We were looking for affordable accommodations in Panglao that was close to the beach as possible and came across several great reviews for Paragayo Resort in Tawala, Panglao.

I thought getting beachfront resort reservations won't be necessary since we were both planning to do a Bohol Beach Club Day tour anyway so I scoured blogs and forum reviews for a good backpacker place to stay without sacrificing comfort and convenience.

Paragayo Resort entrance

I came across Paragayo Resort, a native dwelling-inspired resort, a 5-minute walk away from Alona Beach and a 10-minute ride away from Bohol Beach Club. The staff were friendly and answered my endless e-mail queries before finally booking a room.

We went for the Standard Deluxe Room for PhP1,500.00/night. They require a 20% downpayment deposit which can be done through BPI bank transfer. The room was very spacious and included a queen-sized comfortable bed plus a single bed, which means the room can actually house 3-4 people. Or two people who tend to have clothes and stuff strewn carelessly around. :D

A queen-sized and single beds for Standard Deluxe Room

The amenities included hot/cold shower, cable TV, free WiFi (fast connection too!) and a safety deposit box for your important stuff when you go out for tours.

Yes, we can't miss the Philippine Azkals game even if we're on vacation! :)
Open closet and a couple safety deposit box for your valuables

Finally, a bathroom in a budget resort that isn't cramped! :)

The interior of the resort is garden-landscaped with rattan and bamboo chairs, which you can lounge in between tours or after dinner and enjoy the lush surroundings while enjoying a beer or two. Just a few steps from the resort, there are several restaurants offering breakfast-dinner fare and a couple convenience stores that were open 24/7. The Panglao branch of BPI is also a stone's throw away, in case find yourself cash-strapped. The next nearest ATM would be a 30-minute ride away in Tagbilaran.

Bamboo chairs right outside the room, if the occupants would want to enjoy a smoke.

And the landscaped interior gardens and rattan chairs, perfect for relishing the sumptuous dinner you just had. :)

I also liked how our beds were made up, towels changed and room cleaned every day. I noticed though that the tap water in Panglao tastes closely to seawater. If you're sensitive, you might want to buy bottled water for brushing your teeth. :) They have a mini-pantry that provides hot water for instant coffee or instant noodles, if you'd feel like it.

The onsite staff  were as accomodating as online, they directed us to good restaurants and gave instructions for cheap transportation in the area. When Vin and I were running late checking in after our Bohol day tour, they contacted us to make sure we did set foot in Tagbilaran in one piece and checked up on our whereabouts.

All in all, good value for money. I'd definitely check back in when I'd find myself in Panglao again. :)

Paragayo Resort

Want more of our Cebu-Bohol trip? Check out these posts:

Kwentong Kaladkarin #19: Cebu Chronicles – Soaked, Skinned and Smoked in Sugbo
Kwentong Kaladkarin #20: Bewitching Bohol – Wildlife, Whatnots and Way Back When
Kwentong Kaladkarin #21: Bewitching Bohol – Life's a Beach
Kwentong Kaladkarin #23: Cebu Chronicles – the Church, the Caffeine, the Cholesterol and the Crazies

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